Camaridium praestans (syn. Maxillaria praestans) (NBS)

Camaridium praestans (syn. Maxillaria praestans) (NBS)


Common Name The Outstanding Maxillaria. Sold as NBS in a suitable size pot with spagnum moss.


Flower Size 3 1/2" [9 cm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters in humid montane forests as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte on sheer rock cliffs with laterally compressed, elliptic pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious sheaths and carrying a solitary, elliptic-ligulate leaf that is conduplicate towards the base that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a 5" [12.5 cm] long, green inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and enveloped completely with brown, cauline sheaths and an inflated floral bract, giving rise to a single, long-lasting, fragrant, well open flower.Often said to be a synonym of M cucullata but differs by having large, showy, bright yellow flowers with red markings at the base of the perianth and the strong, sweet aroma as well as having a sulcate, ligulate callus between the lateral lobes of the lip.Part of the M cucculata group which includes, M meleagris; M obscura, M praestans, M punctostriata and M cedralensis


Min Temp 8C

Max Temp high 20s C

Humidity above 75%

  • Growing Notes from AOS

    Masdevallia is a genus of some 350 species usually from cool, misty mountains of the New World